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Parents, it's that time of year to start looking at colleges for high school juniors, soon to be rising seniors. Does it really matter which school you attend for high school?  Some say yes, because not all high schools are created equal.

According to U.S.News & World Report, the magazine has just released its new rankings for public high schools across the country.  New England states didn't do as well compared to other states, with only one school in Massachusetts making it just outside the top 25 list.

How High Schools Are Ranked

Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college.  You can read more about the percentage breakdown in the report here.


So how did New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts do?  Let's look at each state. U.S New & World Report breaks down the top public high schools as follows:


  1. Boston Latin School  (ranked #26 overall, and #1 in MA)
  2. Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough
  3. Sturgis Charter Public School, Hyannis
  4. Lexington High School
  5. John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Boston
  6. Boston Latin Academy
  7. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, Dover
  8. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Malden
  9. The Bromfield School, Harvard
  10. Weston High School

View the full Massachusetts list here.

New Hampshire

  1. Academy for Science and Design, Nashua
  2. Windham High School
  3. Hanover High School
  4. Hopkinton High School, Contoocook
  5. Profile Senior High School, Bethlehem
  6. Hollis-Brookline High School, Hollis
  7. Lebanon High School
  8. Sunapee Sr. High School
  9. Bedford High School
  10. Moultonborough Academy

View the full New Hampshire list here.


  1. Greely High School, Cumberland
  2. Kennebunk High School
  3. Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone
  4. Cape Elizabeth High School
  5. Falmouth High School
  6. Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport
  7. Yarmouth High School
  8. Greenville Consolidated School
  9. Katahdin Middle/High School, Stacyville
  10. Scarborough High School

View the full Maine list here.

If you want more information, you can read the full report to access the best private schools, the best STEM schools, charter and magnet schools as well.  U.S. World & News Report sends out its list annually.

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